'The Pogues' frontman Shane MacGowan dead at 65

November 30, 2023

Shane MacGowan, lead singer of The Pogues and the voice of the 1987 hit "The Fairytale of New York," died at the age of 65.

His wife confirmed his passing in a post on social media Thursday.

The statement

"There's no way to describe the loss that I am feeling and the longing for just one more of his smiles that lit up my world," she wrote.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you for your presence in this world you made it so very bright and you gave so much joy to so many people with your heart and soul and your music. You will live in my heart forever. Rave on in the garden all wet with rain that you loved so much," she added.

Cause of death unknown

"A cause of death was not immediately clear on Thursday, but MacGowan — known for his heavy boozing and drug use as well as his mouth full of rotten teeth — had suffered numerous recent health issues," the New York Post reported.

"He received treatment in December 2022 for viral encephalitis — an enlargement of the brain — and spent more time in the Intensive Care Unit over the summer. MacGowan, who has been in a wheelchair since 2015, was back in the hospital earlier this month for an unknown condition. He was only discharged last week," it continued.

His music

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